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Exercise tests UK finance industry

Mariola Smallman, Principal Emergency Planning Officer, blogs about a Market Wide Exercise (MWE) undertaken by the Financial Services Authority, HM Treasury and the Bank of England (collectively known as The Tripartite). The exercise was based around a severe weather scenario and highlighted the importance of business continuity planning for both the public and private sectors.

The full report is available at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pubs/other/mwe2009.pdf

The exercise scenario involved major flooding across UK regions, both in major cities and rural areas.  The exercise involved 76 organisations and 5,000 participants and took place over two half days. The exercise planners contacted many organisations as part of their preparations and Birmingham Resilience Team provided information about Birmingham’s flood risks based on real locations and our experiences.

The report identifies the following next steps:

These steps are welcomed by Birmingham Resilience Team. In addition to our advice and information about business continuity planning, visit our events pages to find out about exercises that we are holding for businesses in Birmingham.

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